Yoga: An executive summary

“If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.”
-Einstein

So… what is yoga? Yoga is the art of calming yourself down.  It is a set of physical exercise that quiets the noisy brain and relaxes the body, bringing more enjoyment to your life wherever you might be.  In the same way a hot shower washes your body, a strong yoga set washes your spirit and clears your thoughts of unnecessary clutter.

The word yoga comes from a biblical word meaning ‘to yoke’ or ‘connect.’  Whats being ‘yoked’ in a yoga practice is the physical body to the metaphysical spirit self, the higher self, the continuum of eternal energy that is your true nature.  The original Sanskrit word describing the act of ‘yoga’ before the Christian culture influenced language was the  word ‘jugit’, which means- union of personal awareness with infinite awareness.  If we actively connect with the infinite dimension within ourselves, we can increase the enjoyment of life challenges.  But how does yoga actually connect my physical self to my metaphysical self?

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Triple Mantra- Nirinjan Kaur

Mantra music is a new genre of music that uses the sounds of the Gurmukhi language in repeated lyrical fashion.  There are hundreds of mantras and hundreds of new songs to discover in this style of music.  Here is one by Nirinjan Kaur using what is known as the Mul Mantra.

Mantra phonetics: Ad Guday namay, jugad guday namay, sat guday namay siri guru day vay namay, ad such, jugad such, hebee such, nanak hosey bey such

 

Random patterns and yoga

The event of 11:11:11 on 11/11/11 is a very cool random pattern that is made even more significant by digital clocks.  There is nothing else more magical or alchemical on this day than there is for any other miraculous day.  If there were, it would be clearly perceivable to everyone with our five senses. Every day under the sun is new and amazing. Every day offers equal opportunity to change and improve your life. Designating a specific day to be more special than another day is a marketing ploy to sell events and workshops that claim to offer you something you don’t supposedly already have.  Yoga is not about trying to acquire something you lack.  It is a technique for realizing you have within all that you need.
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Amrit Kirtan

Have you heard Mantra music yet? It is a new genre of music that uses the sounds of the ancient Gurmukhi language in a repeated lyrical fashion to create a meditative state in the mind.  There are hundreds of mantras and hundreds of new songs to discover in this new genre.  Here is one by Amrit Kirtan 

01 Aad Guray Nameh (click on title to play song)

The mantra Aad Guray Nameh is often chanted at the beginning of Kundalini yoga classes as its sound frequency vibrates protective energy fields into the aura and calls on the wisdom within an individual for the highest teachings and guidance.  Use this mantra when you feel worried or tense and it will reestablish a grounded calm mind.  Reciting this mantra puts one in a state of bowing to the  teacher and high grace from within the self.

Aad Guray Nameh
Jugaad Guray Nameh
Sat Guray Nameh
Siri Guru Dayvay Nameh

Yoga and Evolution

If you are reading this you are a human and you evolved from a shrew-like creature into your current hominid experience roughly 65 million years ago. You have evolved three times, not including all the plant and fish work you did in the oceans before reaching mammal status.  Your brain evolved from the reptilian, through the midbrain, to the cosmic extravaganza known as the cerebral cortex.  The cerebral cortex is the tool of all tools.  There is no limit to what this spectacular piece of bioware can think up and experience.  The past three major brain developments occurred unconsciously, since (by logical deduction) we were missing the piece that allows for logical deduction.  But now that we have it, will the next evolutionary shift happen in full awareness of itself as we change? Is it possible to consciously experience evolution?

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Snatam Kaur

   Mantra music is a new genre of music that uses the sounds of the Gurmukhi language in repeated lyrical fashion.  There are hundreds of mantras and      hundreds of new songs to discover in this style of music.  Here is one by  Snatam Kaur using the mantra Rakhe Rakhan Har.

Hoo Aap -Rakhe Rakhan Har
   (click on title to hear song)

Album: Amrit Vela

Rakhay rakhanhaar aap ubaariun
Gur kee pairee paa-eh kaaj savaariun
Hoaa aap dayaal manho na visaariun
Saadh janaa kai sung bhavjal taariun
Saakat nindak dusht khin maa-eh bidaariun
Tis saahib kee tayk naanak manai maa-eh
Jis simrat sukh ho-eh saglay dookh jaa-eh

Chanting this mantra helps against fluctuations of the mind.  This mantra is included in the Aquarian Sadhana and is done as a part of the daily practice in the morning meditations for Kundalini Yoga practitioners.

Facebook Yoga

Before ink, words were chiseled into stone.  Can you imagine?  Those people really meant what they were saying.  Before pens, words were scratched out with the tips of feathers.  Before typewriters, novels were written by hand.  And before computers there was no copy and paste or spell check.  Writing used to be a physical exercise involving the whole body.  Today we can say whatever we want with a ridiculous absence of physical effort.   We can publish diatribes (such as this one) in less than a second and have it available to the entire world.  It is hard not to pause and marvel at this astounding human accomplishment considering the stone tablets we came from.  But this wonderful technology also leads to a staggering volume of nonsense. Enter Facebook.

What is a Mantra?

A mantra is a sound frequency derived from the ancient language of Sanskrit that cuts through mental activity and stills a turbulent mind.  A mantra is not a ‘word’ in the linguistic sense and is not translatable into English (or any language).  Just as the color red is not the word ‘red’, a mantra is a living sound vibration that defines itself.  Moving a mantra through compulsive thoughts in the brain alters the brainwaves and slows down the commotion of thinking, relaxing the body and allowing for self repair. It is very common for the brain to seek a verbally definition for a particular mantra, but any translation given to these sound vibrations are far removed from the vibrations inherent in the sound itself.  To say, for example, that the mantra “Ong”
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